Rio Theatre

519 J Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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The Rio Theatre dates back to at least 1919.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The book “Sacramento: Indomitable City” by Steven Avella says that Charles W. Godard opened this theater in 1915. He had earlier operated a number of other Sacramento theaters. A History of California published in 1906 and revised in 1913 has biographical material on Godard. The 1906 edition says that he took over the Acme Theatre in 1903, and the 1913 edition adds the Liberty and Majestic to the chain of three theaters he was operating by then.

JohnRice on February 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

When I came to Sacramento in 1962 the Rio was showing Mexican films. It closed sometime later but was then re-opened by a new operator showing 16mm. “pin up” (nude model) adult films! Live burlesque later replaced or was added to the film programs. I can’t remember exactly when it closed for good and demolished, sometime in the latter part of the 1960’s I believe.

loochow on September 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

The Rio was previously named the El Rey.A fire did $50,000 worth of damage in 1941.Re-opened in 1942 as the Rio.

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